Pence To Announce Lt. Governor Pick Monday

Poltical talk has suggested Representative Sue Ellspermann although those involved say they cannot confirm or deny the speculation.

Mike Pence speaks

Photo: Republican Conference (Flickr)

House Speaker Brian Bosma says there has been a push for gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence to pick a female for lieutenant governor.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Mike Pence says he will announce Monday his gubernatorial nominee for lieutenant governor, and speculation is focusing on freshman Representative Sue Ellspermann. Ellspermann tells Network Indiana she‘s “flattered” by all the discussion, but will neither confirm or deny she‘s joining the ticket.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he has talked to Pence, and expects the Sixth District congressman will “probably” follow his advice to select a woman with legislative and economic development experience. A grinning Bosma acknowledged only a few legislators fit all those criteria, but would not comment on Ellspermann specifically.

“I felt that there was an expectation for a strong female candidate, and one that had experience in economic development, and it‘d be a nice addition to have legislative experience,” Bosma says.

Ellspermann is a small business owner who previously headed the Center for Applied Research at the University of Southern Indiana. She‘s completing her first term in the House after unseating then-Majority Leader Russ Stilwell (D-Boonville) by 880 votes in 2010.

Pence plans a Monday rollout with his running mate in Indianapolis and at least four other cities — including Evansville, about 40 minutes from Ellspermann‘s home in Ferdinand. The GOP team will also stop in Elkhart, Fort Wayne and Merrillville. The pick becomes official at the state Republican convention June 8 and 9. June 8 is also the deadline for Democratic nominee John Gregg to announce his choice.

Network Indiana

Network Indiana Indiana's Only Audio News Network. Network Indiana is dedicated to providing the state of Indiana important and useful information.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Politics Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook